OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

A whole river basin youth engagement and environmental education program for schools.

OzGREEN's MYRiveR program enables young people to become citizen scientists, test the health of the environment, identify key environmental threats and values, develop their own vision and implement their own action plans to sustain the health of their local waterways.

Since 2002, OzGREEN has involved over 60 regional communities and 6,000 young people in MYRiveR in the Brisbane, Bremer, Murray-Darling, Hunter, Cooks, Georges, Nepean, Onkaparinga, Yarra and Derwent River basins and internationally in India, East Timor, Pakistan and Central America. 

The MYRiveR process builds collaborative relationships with indigenous leaders, business, government, non-government organisations, local communities, young people, schools and adults. Case studies from OzGREEN’s Australian and International programs, enable young people to gain first hand understanding of the global nature of local challenges. 

Caring for our land, our river, our future. 

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Key Activities

 

Field Work 

One day field work per school, conducting snapshot of ecosystem health (water quality testing, flow, biodiversity, and community attitude surveys)

Youth Congress

Students analyse field data, identify ecological threats and values, develop a river vision and action plans.

Community Forum

2-hour forum facilitated by students to report back the results of their investigations, vision and action plans and engage community support.

Youth Presentation

Presentation by students  to report back the results of their investigations, vision and action plans

Youth Action

Young people implement action plans with OzGREEN mentoring and support

 

Outcomes

  • Youth participation in real world science.

  • Youth voice and vision for the future of their river.

  • Innovative action plans developed to achieve this vision.

  • Strengthened youth capacity to measure, analyse, reflect, plan, vision and act.

  • Strengthened whole catchment thinking and links between schools and their communities.

  • Increased commitment to environmental stewardship and water conservation.

  • Increased active youth participation in the democratic process and civil society.

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